When I was a kid I took a trip to Europe to visit my extended family. It was a beautiful trip with incredible food and experiences. But, there was one thing that wasn’t very good at all, even though the silver lining is that it inspired me to learn more about Dead Sea Salt benefits for skin care.
Here’s what happened > While on that trip I had the WORST reaction to mosquito bites. At one point I had over 100 bites (I swear!) and each and every one turned into a disgusting, huge, infected water bubble. They were itchy and painful and (I know I said this already but I have to say it again!) dis-gusting!
Through That Experience I Learned 3 Reasons You’d Want to Use Dead Sea salt For Skin Care
- healing wounds on your skin
- soothing troubled skin
- softening rough or dry skin
Needless to say, I was excited to be going to the sea where there weren’t as many mosquitos. It was during that trip (my first one to the sea!) that I learned about the amazing powers of Sea Salt. Here’s what happened – within a day, the itch and infection was mostly gone. Within 3 days they were all scars. And by the end of the 7 day trip almost all of them were gone!
As you can imagine, I felt like I experienced a miracle.
After I finished my Aromatherapy certificate and when Dead Sea Salt went through a popularity trend in the early 2000’s it’s no surprise that I jumped on the bandwagon! I had to try it, experiment with it, and find out if it lived up to my amazing seal salt miracle a few years earlier.
Here’s what I learned…
When Dead Sea salt is properly processed (through simple sun evaporation) it is good for all skin types – from dry and oily to sensitive and troubled. And when used on the skin it can also be good for the body as a whole. This means that it’s good for our skin, bones, and muscles.
On top of that all, Dead Sea salt is relatively easy to find and affordable – which is how I think natural, homemade skincare can and should be!
The mineral content (which I’ll go into below) makes Dead Sea salt an obvious winner over regular Sea Salt. And the fact that it treats the body AND skin is what makes it a winner over Epsom Salt.
To summarize, the 5 main benefits of using Dead Sea salt
- It’s good for all skin types
- It treats the whole body – from your skin to your muscles and bones
- It’s easy to find
- It’s affordable
- It’s easy to use
3 Easy, Practical Ways You Can Use Dead Sea Salt For Skin Care Everyday
The main reasons to use Dead Sea salt would be get rid of pimples (or other skin infections like mosquito bites), balance oily skin and soften rough or dry skin. There are three simple ways to use Dead Sea salt for skin care. These include:
- Take a bath to combat scars or skin infections
- Use it in a body scrub to soften and relieve dry skin
- Use it in a mist to improve oily skin and reduce acne or infections acne scars
1) Bathe With Dead Sea Salt
If you have scars or skin infections taking a bath with dead sea salts is a great way to help heal your skin a bit more quickly.
Make sure to use at least 1/2 a cup of Dead Sea Salt per bath and make sure to bathe frequently – daily for about 5 days. Then you can cut it down to every 2-3 days and then 1-2 times a week until the issue is resolved.
2) Make Your Own Body Scrub
If you have dry/rough skin you can make a body scrub consisting of Dead Sea salt with carrier oils. You’d only need to use this 2-3 times a week to start seeing results quickly. Afterwards, you could easily cut it down to 1 time per week.
The ratio of a body scrub blend is approximately 1/2 cup of salt to 1/4 cup oil. To keep it simple, use Olive oil as the carrier oil.
Note: Avoid using any soap on your skin for at least 2 weeks.
3) Make Your Own Face Mist
Do you have oily skin? If so, a nice facial mist or cleanser consisting of natural spring water and Dead Sea salt will not only be refreshing but will help to reduce the top layer of oil on your skin. And if you have any new acne outbreaks this will help to heal them a bit more quickly. It’s a great feeling! I do this in the summer all the time!
Wondering Which Minerals Make Dead Sea Salt Good For Your Skin AND Body?
Dead sea salt is full of minerals that are good for our health. The top 4 are Magnesium, Calcium, Potassium and Sodium. Here’s how each one of these is important for healthy, youthful skin.
Magnesium helps to combat fluid retention and slows the ageing process. This means that it’s great for mature skin. And if you find that your face seems a little bloated sometimes this could help.
It also helps to keep stress levels down and calm the nervous system. While not exactly skin-related I’m sure you can see how being relaxed contributes to looking great!
Calcium prevents water retention and improves circulation. Like Magnesium, this will help you if you have a slightly swollen-looking face. Getting your circulation moving helps with improving dry and problem skin.
Potassium helps to balance moisture in the skin. This is an important point – a lot of people think that salt will dry your skin. That is true with a lot of salts, but not so much with Dead Sea Salt.
As long as you don’t have severely dry skin dead sea salt benefits will help to improve or maintain the quality of your skin.
Sodium is often thought of as a bad thing but it is actually needed to keep the lymphatic fluid in balance. If things are moving through your lymphatic you’ll likely have less cellulite and will be healthier overall.